We might not know what Kaufman’s Frank or Francis is about, but we know who’s going to be in it. Steve Carell has never worked with Kaufman in any capacity, Nicolas Cage had starred in the Kaufman-penned Adaptation, and Jack Black worked with Kaufman in that Kaufman did some script work on Kung-Fu Panda 2 (really?).
Needless to say, this is quite the coup for the oft-enigmatic director, whose last effort, Synecdoche, NY, was divisive to say the least. More specifically, tons of people hated it. In keeping with Kaufman’s weirdness, no details about the project have been given, save for the fact that production will start in 2012, per Deadline.
This project represents the latest efforts of Carell and Black to distance themselves from their slapsticky origins and branch out into more serious, and in this case, weirder fare. Lucky for them, it’s hard to get much weirded than Charlie Kaufman.